Fognini suspended from US Open for potential 'major offense'

Fognini has previous with poor on court behaviour and was fined £21,000 at Wimbledon

Fabio Fognini has been fined more than £18,000 after verbally abusing an umpire during his first-round match at the US Open.

Fognini was fined $US24,000 and kicked out of the tournament for reportedly calling Engzelle a whore and cocksucker in Italian during his first-round loss to fellow Italian Stefano Travaglia.

The 30-year-old had already received three separate fines totalling $24,000 but he has now been provisionally suspended from the tournament pending a final ruling over whether he committed a major offense. The suspension means Fognini and doubles partner Simone Bolelli will forfeit their Round of 16 match and be withdrawn from the doubles draw.

The 22nd-seeded Italian, known for his volatile temper, was in trouble again during his 6-4 7-6 (8) 3-6 6-0 loss on Wednesday to Stefano Travaglia when he was heard directing vulgar language towards Swedish chair umpire Louise Engzell.

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Fognini was handed three separate fines totalling 24,000 USA dollars (approximately £18,500) by tournament organisers.

After they won their second-round match on Friday - but before any repercussions for what happened in singles had been announced - Fognini was asked about the possibility of being penalized. Violation of either section could lead to the permanent suspension from the four major tournaments and the $250,000 penalty. He also was the Australian Open doubles champion with Bolelli in 2015.

The board said there would be no further comment until the process is completed.

Fognini was given the biggest fine in Wimbledon history in 2014 when he was penalised £21,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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